Rousing open-to-public Christmas auctions round of the year in style
Having re-scheduled its 2020 auction finale to December 11th /12th due to pandemic lockdown measures, Historics has delivered a mouth-watering selection of entries for its year-end, open-to-public sales at Ascot Racecourse.
The company’s host of friends, supporters and clients will know well Historics’ emphatic desire to host auctions with public participation rather than hold a sale purely online. The spectacularly successful 82% sale at Ascot in September was an excellent example, staged in the extensive Ascot grounds whilst fully adhering to the prevalent Covid-19 legislation.
Preparation for this, the third sale of 2020 at the world-famous venue, has not been the plainest of sailing due to the changing legislation, but the Historics team has again pulled out all the stops with a magnificent array of entries to suit all.
Indeed this is somewhat of a landmark occasion for another reason, in that Historics is offering an array of 120 lots of fascinating automobilia in a separate auction on the Friday, prior to Saturday’s motorcar sale.
Spectacular is a wholly appropriate word to describe the ephemera on offer, highlighted by a collection of very significant items from Team Bentley’s official endurance motorsport campaign of 2001-2003. This culminated in victory for the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, 73 years after last claiming victory.
A number of these items are entered into the sale on Saturday, such is their stature, including a sensational, full-size show car model of the victorious 2003 Team Bentley Speed 8, resplendent in its Le Mans livery. There is also an EXP Speed 8 racing bodyshell which was possibly a Team Bentley spare parts resource for the 2001 Le Mans bid, plus two historically significant large scale carbon fibre wind-tunnel Speed 8 models are offered in the Friday sale, plus numerous framed prints, models and unused Team workwear.
A long, close look at this and the exceptional and hugely collectible array of automobilia is highly recommended, including an unused 1985 Sinclair C5. Whilst pioneering in its approach, Sir Clive Sinclair’s ‘electrically assisted pedal cycle’, had a range of 20 miles, a less than electrifying top speed of 15mph, was definitely not for those with a nervous disposition and got the thumbs down from the public, but today it’s hugely collectible.
Similarly, the entries for Saturday’s sale of 200 fine and varied classics are sure to delight, with a classic to suit all tastes and pockets.
Highlights abound, including a highly affordable collection of film cars, many offered without reserve, entered by one of the UK’s premier specialists in providing vehicles for TV and the big screen.
At the other end of the value spectrum, Historics is delighted to offer a selection of definitive collector cars. One such is a magnificent 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona, recently restored to the tune of over £50,000. Similarly, an evocative and timeless 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is hugely collectible.
A peerless collection of classic Aston Martins from 1966 to 2003 includes the very last car to be manufactured at the Newport Pagnell works – an exquisite and super rare 2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition and a stunning, one-owner ‘gentleman’s express’ 1994 Aston Martin Vantage V550 Coupe, strikingly-presented in Suffolk Red, having covered just 4,700 warranted miles since new.
Pre-war aficionados are also well-served with a 1937 Bentley ‘Wide Body’ Tourer by Vanden Plas deserving close attention. Invoices amounting to nearly £150,000 pay testimony to the restoration of this wonderful car. Alongside it is a fine collection of other examples of the Bentley marque spanning seven decades. And within the pre-war offer is also a 1934 MG P-Type Special with a fascinating ownership, development and racing history behind it…and surely more track action to come.
Barn-find fanatics will be thrilled at the Mercedes-Benz offering, a trio of 1960s model that beneath their layer of dust offer a tantalising opportunity to restore them to their former glory. The same applies to a 1964 Lancia Flavia Coupé, offered without reserve, which has rested peacefully in a Sussex barn for the least seven years.
A fine collection of American classics also makes its mark… Loud in the literal sense (why else would you want four exhaust pipes?) is the newest, a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 that’s travelled less than 12,000 miles since news and temptingly is offered at no reserve.
In steep contrast is a perfect example of Americana from the ‘40s – a rare and elegant 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster convertible, once again offered without reserve. And a super stylish 7-litre 1966 Buick Riviera Coupe vies for ‘60’s attention alongside a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe, while turning back the pages, a delightful 1950 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is truly iconic, rare and extremely collectible.
The modern classics genre, whose popularity continues to grow, is a firm part of Historics auction offering. Indeed a sale isn’t complete without a Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9, the one on offer dating from 1991. The rare 1996 Ford Escort RS2000 4WD deserves close inspection too alongside a number of Dagenham’s finest. In all there are some 40 fine modern classic consignments to be closely inspected prior to bidding.
See the full consignment list here on the website for both the 120-lot automobilia auction on Friday 11th and the 200 fine and varied classics on sale on Saturday 12th December.